Spanish Minor

The Spanish minor provides students the opportunity to achieve cultural and linguistic competency and complements many majors within the College as well as other degree programs across the University. 

Spanish, the second most spoken language in the world with approximately 559 million speakers, is the official language in 21 countries. Moreover, according to the Instituto Cervantes, the United States ranks second behind Mexico in the number of Spanish speakers. Similarly, Portuguese, the official language in 9 nations, is spoken by approximately 210 million people over the world (the sixth most spoken language). Fluency in more than one language and an understanding culture and analytical understandings of literary and cultural texts create educated citizens who can contribute to the betterment of our society. citizens.

A minor in Spanish demonstrates to future employers and/or graduate schools that you have achieved a certain level of linguistic ability and understanding of Hispanic cultures. Our curriculum is designed to help students hone their oral and written language skills and to learn more about Spanish, Spanish American, and Luso-Brazilian cultures through literature and cultural studies. This knowledge is highly beneficial if you plan a career path with an international component or with an orientation toward the predominantly Hispanic populations in the United States. The minor is useful in such diverse careers as advertising, marketing, journalism, health services, government, social welfare, and public administration (to name a few). For a list of possible career paths in Spanish and Portuguese, visit the University Career Center website.

Requirements for the Spanish Minor

The minor requires 18-20 hours, as well as prerequisite knowledge.

To advance to Span 340 students must earn a grade of B- or higher in either SPAN 325 or both SPAN 328 and either SPAN 323 or SPAN 324, or have departmental consent.
Minor Requirements
Students must complete 18-20 hours of coursework, including the following required courses:
SPAN 101Orientation Seminar in Spanish and Portuguese1
SPAN 323Spanish Composition and Cultural Analysis3
or SPAN 324 Grammar and Composition
SPAN 328Intermediate Spanish Conversation2
Students who meet the qualifications may substitute SPAN 325 for the SPAN 323 or SPAN 324 and SPAN 328 requirements3
SPAN 340Textual Analysis and Critical Reading3
SPAN 346Transatlantic Hispanic Cultures3
SPAN 424Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar3
SPAN 428Advanced Spanish Conversation2
A 3 hour, 400-level literature course (SPAN 440, 441, 442, 450, 451, 452, 453, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464).3

Minor Hours & GPA

While completing required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18-20 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Study Abroad

The department offers summer programs in Barcelona, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina, Salvador (Bahia), Brazil. KU offers semester/academic year programs in San José, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Salamanca, Spain. More information is available from the Office of Study Abroad.

Graduate students have the opportunity to teach and conduct research during summer sessions in Buenos Aires, Argentina; or Barcelona, Spain. The department also has a graduate exchange agreement with the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.